Thesis graphs and tables

13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means:

    ...having the most important words appear toward the beginning of your title,

    ...limiting the use of ambiguous or confusing words,

    ..breaking your title up into a title and subtitle when you have too many words, and

    ...including key words that will help researchers in the future find your work.
14. It's important that your research proposal be organized around a set of questions that will guide your research. When selecting these guiding questions try to write them so that they frame your research and put it into perspective with other research. These questions must serve to establish the link between your research and other research that has preceded you. Your research questions should clearly show the relationship of your research to your field of study. Don't be carried away at this point and make your questions too narrow. You must start with broad relational questions.

To start with, we create a new figure, centre it and then create a new subfigure. In the subfigure command we need to add a placement specifier and then give it a width. As we want three images next to each other we set a width of times the text width. You need to make sure that the sum of the widths you specify for the subfigures is less than the text width if you want them all on the same line. When we add the image in we need to specify the width using ‘width=’ followed by the \textwidth command. The reason this works is because the text width within in the subfigure is the width we specified in the \begin{subfigure} command, . times the normal text width. Next we give the subfigure a separate caption and label. We can then end the subfigure and add the next two in. To add some spacing between the figures we’ll use the \hfill command. If you didn’t want them all on the same line you could just leave blank lines instead of the \hfill commands. Please note that the indents I have used do not affect the how the code is processed, they just make it more readable. The beauty of these subfigures is that we can refer to each of them individualy in the text due to their individual labels. But we can also give the whole figure a caption and label.

Thesis graphs and tables

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